A Jewish State Must Have a Jewish Majority
Week of March 17, 2006
Were the Israeli disengagement from Gaza
intended to be a step towards peace, then it is a failure as a result of the
Palestinian parliamentary elections won by Hamas in a landslide victory. But
the disengagement was not meant to be an advance towards peace. It did
however demonstrate Israeli weakness as it exposed an unequivocal truth.
Holding territory containing an absolute Arab majority is impossible and
furthermore, it poses a serious threat to Israel’s survival as a Jewish
State. Gaza and its eight thousand Jews could not stand against more than
one million Arabs.
Many of us are consciously aware of this reality but choose one or two paths
of psychological denial. First and foremost is the unfortunate thought that
prevails in many Jewish minds, the bus-conscious belief that Israel can keep
every inch of Eretz Yisroel while knowing that doing so would only be
possible if the Arabs living upon these lands were transferred to some
unimaginable place outside of Biblical Israel. This idea was openly
advocated by the late Rabbi Meir Kahana. There are many different reasons
for rendering this idea even as a mere suggestion, absurd. Retaining the
Arab population in Gaza, Samaria and Judea as an integral part of Israel
makes them the majority in our democratic Jewish state. There are almost tow
million Arabs on the West Bank, one million three hundred thousand in Gaza
and a similar amount residing on undisputed Israeli land. Considering the
Arab birthrate which is far greater than the number born to Jews each year,
one can safely expect Arab numbers in excess of Jews in a very short time.
Israel could no longer consider itself a democracy with one vote for each
person. In fact it would spell doom.
The other delusion held by many is that the Arab population can be held in
bantam states similar to those that existed in apartheid South Africa. For
those of us who love and cherish each and every nook and cranny of Israel,
the land of our fathers, reality hurts, it is very painful. Jewish life is
not expendable. Dreams are beautiful but they are part of the unreal world
of sleep. Believers such as myself, with strong belief and hope in the
coming of the Messiah must wait until then, when all of the land will be
Peace too is a dream. The late Moshe Dayan predicted at least one hundred
years of terror against Israel. In a conversation with him, I questioned
this terrible prognostication. Could we survive unending terror, I asked. He
quickly responded, “as long as we constitute a significant majority, terror
could be reduced to a normal level of criminality that is part of every
This last intifada gave us five years of living hell. We finally found a way
to reduce Arab violence and suicide bombings against our people
substantially. Much of it can be attributed to the yet unfinished barrier
that separates Israelis from Arabs and with its completion; terror against
Israel would b significantly diminished.
Ehud Olmert in his bid for Israel’s political leadership articulates a
policy of disengagement from most of Samaria and Judea. He commits to
keeping the communities within the Etzion block, Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel and
parts of the Jordan Valley. Well over one hundred Jewish communities home to
tens of thousands of Jews will, according to his plan, be evacuated. All
this, according to Olmert will be done without any prior negotiations with
the Arabs, thus unilaterally. The real question that remains is fundamental
and should be a pre-requisite to any withdrawal. First and foremost, will
the Arabs interpret this as weakness on the part of Israel? The Hamas
landslide win came soon after the Gaza disengagement. Will not Israel’s
retreat from many more settlements bring even greater victory to the Arab
terror movements? Would a unilateral separation enable Israel to draw its
own borders without the imposition of external forces, not alone Arab but
the United Nations and even the United States? Would such a self-determined
border provide greater security for Israel?
Could Olmert, or for that matter any other Israeli leader assure Israel’s
voters that these borders will remain unchanged? The answer to all of these
questions is, I am afraid, negative. Good judgment therefore should tell
Olmert and other Israeli leaders to be patient. After the Hamas victory, I
would under no circumstances surrender land to Hamas. It would convince
every Arab that terror is the path to victory and land.
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